On This Day..... July 3

 

JULY 3RD

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FRIED CLAMS DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN (1567-1635)
  • JOHN SINGLETON COPLEY (1738-1815)
 
  • GEORGE M. COHAN (1878-1942)
  • FRANZ KAFKA (1883-1924)
  • GERALDO RIVERA (1943, 75)
 
  • LAURA BRANIGAN (1957-2004)
  • TOM CRUISE (1962, 56)
 
  • YEARDLEY SMITH (LISA SIMPSON) (1964, 54)
  • AUDRA MCDONALD (1970, 48)
 
  • JULIAN ASSANGE (1971, 47)
  • PATRICK WILSON (1973, 45)
 
  • ANDREA BARBER (1976, 42)
  • OLIVIA MUNN (1980, 38)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1608, SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN FOUNDS QUEBEC
  • IN 1754, GEORGE WASHINGTON SURRENDERS TO THE FRENCH IN THE BATTLE OF FORT NECESSITY DURING THE SEVEN YEARS WAR
  • IN 1775, GEORGE WASHINGTON TAKES COMMAND OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
  • IN 1819, THE FIRST SAVINGS BANK IN THE US, THE BANK OF SAVINGS OPENS IN NYC
  • IN 1852, CONGRESS AUTHORIZES A SECOND U.S. MINT TO OPEN IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • IN 1861, THE PONY EXPRESS ARRIVES IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH MAIL FROM NYC
 
  • IN 1861, CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS ABANDON MARTINSBURG, VIRGINIA AHEAD OF A UNION ATTACK
  • IN 1863, THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG ENDS WITH A UNION VICTORY
  • IN 1864, THE NORTH EVACUATES HARPER’S FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA AHEAD OF CONFEDERATE ATTACK
 
  • IN 1884, DOW JONES PUBLISHES ITS FIRST STOCK INDEX, CALLED THE DOW JONES TRANSPORTATION AVERAGE
  • IN 1890, IDAHO BECOMES THE 43RD STATE
  • IN 1915, ERICH MUENTER, ONE DAY AFTER SETTING OFF A BOMB IN THE SENATE, SHOOTS JP MORGAN FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT IN BRITISH / GERMAN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
  • IN 1916, HETTY GREEN, THE WITCH OF WALL STREET, DIES AT 81
 
  • IN 1930, THE UNITED STATES VETERANS ADMINISTRATION BEGINS WORK
  • IN 1938, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT LIGHTS THE ETERNAL FLAME AT GETTYSBURG
  • IN 1944, BILLY WILDER RELEASES “DOUBLE INDEMNITY”
 
  • IN 1947, THE SOVIET UNION OFFICIALLY OPTS OUT OF THE MARSHALL PLAN
  • IN 1952, CONGRESS APPROVES THE PUERTO RICAN CONSTITUTION
  • IN 1958, ABC DEBUTS “THE ANDY WILLIAMS SHOW”
 
  • IN 1962, THE ALGERIAN REVOLUTION ENDS
  • IN 1965, ROY ROGERS’ HORSE TRIGGER DIES AT 25
  • IN 1968, JONI MITCHELL THROWS A PARTY WHERE SHE INTRODUCES THREE YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PLAY TOGETHER. THEY GO ON TO FORM CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
  • IN 1969, BRIAN JONES OF THE ROLLING STONES DROWNS AT 27
  • IN 1971, JIM MORRISON DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 27
  • IN 1973, DAVID BOWIE RETIRES HIS ZIGGY STARDUST PERFORMANCE ACT
 
  • IN 1976, BRIAN WILSON JOINS THE BEACH BOYS FOR A PERFORMANCE 12 YEARS AFTER QUITTING THE BAND
  • IN 1976, 103 PASSENGERS ON A HIJACKED AIR FRANCE FLIGHT ARE HELD BY PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS IN UGANDA. ISRAEL SENDS A RESCUE CREW & SAVES THEM
  • IN 1978, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT THE FCC CAN SANCTION WBAI IN NEW YORK FOR AIRING GEORGE CARLIN’S “SEVEN FILTHY WORDS” ROUTINE
  • IN 1982, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA WINS HER FIRST OF SIX STRAIGHT WIMBLETON TITLES
  • IN 1985, ROBERT ZEMECKIS RELEASES “BACK TO THE FUTURE”
 
  • IN 1986, PRESIDENT REAGAN RE-LIGHTS THE TORCH AT THE TOP OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED STATUE OF LIBERTY
  • IN 1987, RICHARD BRANSON CROSSES THE ATLANTIC IN A HOT AIR BALLOON IN 33 HOURS FROM SUGARLOAF MAINE TO SCOTLAND
  • IN 1988, THE USS VINCENNES MISTAKES AN IRANIAN PASSENGER FLIGHT FOR AN F-14 JET AND SHOOTS IT DOWN OVER THE PERSIAN GULF. ALL 290 PEOPLE ON BOARD DIE.
  • IN 1989, THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT STATES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ABORTION
  • IN 1989, JIM BACKUS (MR. MAGOO / GILLIGAN’S ISLAND) DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 76
 
  • IN 1990, HIP HOP’S 2 LIVE CREW IS CHARGED WITH OBSENITY IN FLORIDA
  • IN 1990, LIBERIAN PRESIDENT SAMUEL DOE OFFERS TO RESIGN AFTER REBEL FORCES THREATEN THE NATION. HE IS LATER KIDNAPPED AND EXECUTED
  • IN 1992, TED KENNEDY MARRIES VICTORIA REGGIE
 
  • IN 1993, CURLY JOE FROM THE THREE STOOGES DIES AT 83
  • IN 1994, LIAM NEESON MARRIES NATASHA RICHARDSON
  • IN 2005, SPAIN LEGALIZES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
 
  • IN 2007, JAMES OTTO RELEASES “JUST GOT STARTED LOVING YOU”
  • IN 2012, ANDY GRIFFITH DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 86
  • IN 2013, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI IS REMOVED BY THE MILITARY
 

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